2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Biology

Includes both graduate work and extensive research experience culminating in a research thesis. It is designed to prepare students for further study at the doctoral level, but graduates may also find employment in research-oriented activities of government agencies or private business firms. At least 60% of course credits must be at the 600-level.

30 credits

Required courses, 5 credits

BIO 629Seminar in Biology

1 TO 10

BIO 630Scientific Communications



BIOT 696Research Design and Presentation


Students will take BIO 629 for 2 credits.

Two directed electives for 6-8 credits

BIO 552Advanced Genetics


BIO 616Population-Community Ecology


BIO 636Immunology


BIO 648Biostatistics


BIO 654Development and Evolution of Genomes: Genomics and Proteomics


BIO 655Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology


BIO 656Ecosystem Ecology


BIO 657Multivariate Analysis of Environmental Data


0-13 credits from ANAT, BIO, BIOT, BOT, PHYS, or ZOOL courses

Research requirement, 6 credits

THES 698Thesis

1 TO 6

0-13 credits from minors and electives

Minors are optional, but if taken must include at least 8 credits of courses approved by a designated advisor from the minor area and the biology department.

Accelerated Master's Program (AMP)

Undergraduate students accepted to the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) most commonly take BIOT 590, BIOT 695, BIOT 591, BIOT 594, and/or a Directed Elective.  The AMP is intended for students with an interest in biotechnology.